[ nuhl-uh-fahy ]
/ ˈnʌl əˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), nul·li·fied, nul·li·fy·ing.

to render or declare legally void or inoperative: to nullify a contract.
to deprive (something) of value or effectiveness; make futile or of no consequence.

Nearby words

  1. nullarbor plain,
  2. nulli secundus,
  3. nulli-,
  4. nullification,
  5. nullifidian,
  6. nulligravida,
  7. nulling,
  8. nullipara,
  9. nulliparous,
  10. nullipore

Origin of nullify

First recorded in 1585–95, nullify is from the Late Latin word nūllificāre to despise. See nulli-, -fy

Related formsnul·li·fi·er, nounre·nul·li·fy, verb (used with object), re·nul·li·fied, re·nul·li·fy·ing.un·nul·li·fied, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nullifies


/ (ˈnʌlɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to render legally void or of no effect
to render ineffective or useless; cancel out
Derived Formsnullification, nounnullifier, noun

Word Origin for nullify

C16: from Late Latin nullificāre to despise, from Latin nullus of no account + facere to make

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Word Origin and History for nullifies



1590s, from Late Latin nullificare "to esteem lightly, despise," literally "to make nothing," from Latin nullus "not any" (see null) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Related: Nullified; nullifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper